The results of the referendum on how B&NES Council should be run have been announced. 30,557 B&NES residents voted in favour of the maintaining status quo of the Leader and Cabinet system; only 8,054 voted in favour of moving to a Directly Elected Mayor system. The turnout was 28.97%, with 38,672 votes being cast.
Commenting on the result, Councillor Dine Romero, Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group on B&NES Council, said:
“This is a good result for campaigners and the people of B&NES, many of whom will be relieved that B&NES will not have to suffer the follies of an elected Mayor.”
“It’s disappointing that £180,000 of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on a referendum, which was foisted on us by a small group of people. However, the matter has now been laid to rest for a decade at least.”
“This clear result shows how unpopular the idea of an elected mayor actually is. Local residents have no doubt looked West and noted the unpopularity of the Mayor of Bristol thanks to his secretiveness and riding roughshod over local people’s wishes.”
“When the Liberal Democrats were running the Council, we worked hard to improve transparency and accountability and to set a clear strategic direction for the Council. There is still more to be done and it is for the new administration to explain what more they will do to make improvements.”
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